November 11, 2015

Call for applications: MA in Nordic Visual studies and Art education (NoVA)

Aalto University
Photo: Mira Kallio-Tavin, 2014.

The School of Art, Design and Architecture of Aalto University welcomes applications for the Nordic Visual studies and Art education (NoVA) Master’s degree programme. NoVA educates professionals and researchers to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and to give relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments. NoVA builds on Nordic expertise and is open for international students.

Through courses on visual culture, social theory, pedagogy, and aesthetics in digital communications and games, for example, students investigate seeing and being seen. NoVA students explore how digital technologies affect perception and how vision is constructed. Students research visual events to understand the relationship between institutions, the media, society, and the economic sphere.

NoVA is a two-year masters program, with teaching provided by four Nordic universities & university colleges: Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Art in Helsinki; Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education in Stockholm; Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science in Oslo; and Aalborg University, Communication And Digital media, Department for Communication and Psychology in Copenhagen.

Competences between and among institutions offer a broad range of areas of study, including critical pedagogy and social and cultural awareness; contemporary art didactics, digital technology and ICT; project-oriented, collaborative, problem-based and participation-based work; sustainable development; and intercultural and social entrepreneurship, combining theory and practice. Each student studies in person at two universities through e-learning and contact teaching.

There are now three separate international master’s degree programmes open for applications in the Department of Art, in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in the Aalto University for study years 2016–18:
–Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)
–Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)
–Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA)
Aalto University Department of Art, School of Arts, Design and Architecture 
Aalto University, located in the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland, provides world-class education in the fields of art, technology and business. The combination of the three fields brings a new dimension to studying: in addition to the traditional degree options, the students have the opportunity to build a unique study experience that corresponds to their personal preferences and career aspirations. At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, theory meets practice. The school focuses on learning through practical assignments and projects.

The Department of Art educates professionals in the fields of art education, visual culture, curating, and contemporary art. Studying through the department, you will gain expertise and critical skills in mediating, representing, discussing, and critiquing art and other forms of visual culture. Art and cultural work is understood as shaping perceptions of reality and creating meaning by allowing participants and viewers to critically reflect on, and respond to, the past, present and future. The programme offerings help build a well-rounded and well-tailored degree that supports both depth and breadth. The department also engages in interdisciplinary studies that enrich learning across Aalto University.


Call for applications: MA in Nordic Visual studies and Art education (NoVA) at Aalto University

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